Senior Lecturer, Neuroscience Undergraduate Program

Research and/or Creative Works

Genetics underlying behavior, especially how they lead to individual differences; social behavior; addiction; interactions between social relationships and alcohol drinking; autism spectrum disorder.


  • Rogers TD+, Anacker AMJ+, Kerr T, Forsberg CG, Wang J, Zhang B, Veenstra-VanderWeele J (2017). Effects of a social stimulus on gene expression in a mouse model of fragile X syndrome. Molecular Autism. 8:30. PMCID:PMC5481916 DOI: 10.1186/s13229-017-0148-6
  • Simmler L, Anacker AMJ, Levin MH, Vaswani NM, Gresch PJ, Nackenoff AG, Anastasio NC, Stutz SJ, Cunningham KA, Wang J, Zhang B, Henry LK, Stewart A, Veenstra-VanderWeele J, Blakely RD (2017). Blockade of the 5-HT transporter contributes to the behavioural, neuronal and molecular effects of cocaine. British Journal of Pharmacology. 174(16)2716-2738. PMCID:PMC5522997 DOI: 10.1111/bph.13899
  • Muller CL, Anacker AMJ, Rogers TD, Goeden N, Keller EH, Wender CLA, Wang J, Anderson GM, Stanwood GD, Zhang B, Blakely RD, Bonnin A, Veenstra-VanderWeele J (2017). Maternal serotonin transporter genotype alters placental function, forebrain serotonin, and neurodevelopment. Neuropsychopharmacology. DOI: 10.1038/npp.2016.166
  • Anacker AMJ, *Christensen JD, *LaFlamme EM, *Grunberg DM, Beery AK (2016). Septal oxytocin administration impairs peer affiliation via V1a receptors in female meadow voles. Psychoneuroendocrinology 68:156-162. PMCID:PMC4851907 DOI: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2016.02.025
  • Anacker AMJ, *Reitz KM, Goodwin NL, Beery AK (2016). Stress impairs new but not established relationships in seasonally social voles. Hormones and Behavior 79:52-7. DOI: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2016.01.004
  • Muller CL, Anacker AMJ, Veenstra-VanderWeele J (2015). The serotonin system in autism spectrum disorder: from biomarker to animal models. Neuroscience 321:24-41. PMCID:PMC4824539 DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2015.11.010
  • Anacker AMJ, Smith ML, Ryabinin AE (2014). Establishment of stable dominance interactions in prairie vole peers: relationships with alcohol drinking and activation of the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus. Social Neuroscience 9(5):484-94. PMCID:PMC4349411 DOI: 10.1080/17470919.2014.931885
  • Anacker AMJ, Ahern TH, Hostetler CM, Dufour BD, Smith ML, Cocking DL, Young LJ, Loftis JM, Ryabinin AE (2014). Drinking alcohol has sex-dependent effects on pair bond formation in prairie voles. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(16):6052-7. PMCID:PMC4000860 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1320879111
  • Anacker AMJ & Beery AK (2013). Life in groups: the roles of oxytocin in mammalian sociality. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 7:185. PMCID:PMC3858648 DOI: 10.3389/fnbeh.2013.00185
  • Invited review for Research Topic: Oxytocin’s routes in social behavior: into the 21st century.
  • Anacker AMJ & Ryabinin AE (2013). Identification of subpopulations of prairie voles differentially susceptible to peer influence to decrease high alcohol intake. Frontiers in Pharmacology, 4:84. PMCID:PMC3701123 DOI: 10.3389/fphar.2013.00084/full
  • Hostetler CM, Hitchcock LN, Anacker AMJ, Loftis JM, Young LJ, Ryabinin AE. Comparative distribution of central neuropeptide Y (NPY) in the prairie (Microtus ochrogaster) and meadow (M. pennsylvanicus) vole (2013). Peptides, 40:22-29. PMCID:PMC3625676 DOI: 10.1016/j.peptides.2012.12.008
  • Hostetler CM, Anacker AMJ, Loftis JM, Ryabinin AE (2012). Social housing and alcohol drinking in male-female pairs of prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster). Psychopharmacology (Berl), 224(1)121-32. PMCID:PMC3827960 DOI: 10.1007/s00213-012-2836-4
  • Anacker AMJ, Ahern TH, Young LJ, Ryabinin AE (2012). The role of early life experience and species differences in alcohol intake in microtine rodents. PLoS ONE 7(6): e39753. PMCID:PMC3382173 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0039753
  • Anacker AMJ, Loftis JM, Ryabinin AE (2011). Alcohol intake in prairie voles is influenced by the drinking level of a peer. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 35(10):1884-90. PMCID:PMC3158264 DOI: 10.1111/j.1530-0277.2011.01533.x
  • Giardino WJ, Pastor R, Anacker AMJ, Spangler E, Cote DM, Li J, Stenzel-Poore M, Mark GP, Phillips TJ, Ryabinin AE (2011). Dissection of corticotropin-releasing factor system involvement in locomotor sensitivity to methamphetamine. Genes, Brain and Behavior, 10(1):78-89. PMCID:PMC3025045 DOI: 10.1111/j.1601-183X.2010.00641.x
  • Ford MM, Fretwell AM, Anacker AMJ, Crabbe JC, Mark GP, Finn DA (2011). The influence of selection for ethanol withdrawal severity on traits associated with ethanol self-administration and reinforcement. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 35(2):326-37. PMCID:PMC3058687 DOI: 10.1111/j.1530-0277.2010.01348.x
  • Anacker AMJ, Loftis JM, Kaur S, Ryabinin AE (2011). Prairie voles as a novel model of socially-facilitated excessive drinking. Addiction Biology, 16(1):92-107. PMCID:PMC2950896 DOI: 10.1111/j.1369-1600.2010.00234.x
  • Anacker AMJ, Ryabinin AE (2010). Biological contribution to social influences on alcohol drinking: evidence from animal models. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 7(2):473-493. PMCID:PMC2872279 DOI: 10.3390/ijerph7020473
  • Spangler E, Cote DM, Anacker AMJ, Mark GP, Ryabinin AE (2009). Differential sensitivity of the perioculomotor urocortin-containing neurons to ethanol, psychostimulants and stress in mice and rats. Neuroscience, 160(1):115-25. PMCID:PMC2668734 DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2009.02.030


  • A.S. Santa Rosa Junior College, 2002
  • B.S. Biology, Humboldt State University, 2006
  • Ph.D. Behavioral Neuroscience, Oregon Health & Science University, 2012


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Office Location:

Dewey Hall, Room 304

Courses Taught

NSCI/PSYS 295 Behavioral Genetics
PSYS 215 Physiological Psychology
NSCI 111/112 Exploring Neuroscience
PSYS 216 Psychopharmacology
NSCI 270 Diseases of the Nervous System